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August 5, 2012 4:43:12 AM

No one wants to help me =( . I have spent ages trying to choose a good set of parts and finally got them picked out. Here is what Im going to get:


Sapphire Radeon HD7770 1GB GHZ Edition OC
In stock $149.00 $149.00

Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Motherboard
In stock $63.00 $63.00

CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
In stock $105.00 $105.00

Intel Core i3 2120
In stock $125.00 $125.00

G.Skill F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT (2x4GB) DDR3
In stock $45.00 $45.00

Western Digital WD Green 1TB WD10EZRX
In stock $89.00 $89.00

Samsung SH-222BB SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
In stock $22.00 $22.00

Gigabyte Force K3 Gaming Keyboard Matte Black
In stock $25.00 $25.00


Sub-Total: $623.00

I have no clue what monitor or power supply to pick. If you could recommend them off http://www.pccasegear.com it would be awesome.

I want this PC to run BF3 and Minecraft on medium with high frames as well as GTA IV on low with high frames. Obviously, I will also use it for movies, browsing the internet, BASIC photo-editing etc.

I have some questions about my build.

1. Is 8gb of ram too much or just right?
2. Did I pick the right ram?
3. Can I have USB 3.0? I think the case supports it, but I'm not sure what other requirements there are.
4. Is the graphics card I selected better than a Radeon 6850 for the price?
5. What power supply to use?
6. What monitor to use?
7. Is the motherboard a decent choice?

Sorry for all the questions, this is my first build and I want to do it right. Thanks in advance for any advice! :) 

Oh, budget was $500, so if you can see anywhere I can shave some money off it would be appreciated.

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August 5, 2012 5:15:42 AM

dudewitbow said:
according to this page, several of these psus are usable. the site surprisingly weeded out SEVERAL of the bad psus that the U.S/European market may be flooded with and most of the units on the page can get the job done.


Do you know which one would fit my build best? I'm sorry, this is my first build, I have no clue. Also, your build looks very similar to mine, how does it run?
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August 5, 2012 5:26:35 AM

the 430/450w bare minimum will actually work, but i would sugest ~500 watts to account for aging and possible future addons. the antec vp 550w sounds like a decent all arounder for a lowish price. it will also have enough room if you ever wanted to change gpus for any reason to a slightly more demanding card.


for monitor, generally you want to aim for something that has the native resolution and cords you have for your build that you desire. as for gpu question, the 7770 and 6850 trade blows, the 6850 is slightly better at the cost is slightly less efficient.
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August 5, 2012 5:28:47 AM

dudewitbow said:
the 430/450w bare minimum will actually work, but i would sugest ~500 watts to account for aging and possible future addons. the antec vp 550w sounds like a decent all arounder for a lowish price. it will also have enough room if you ever wanted to change gpus for any reason to a slightly more demanding card.


Thanks heaps. Do you think this : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... is better than this: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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August 5, 2012 5:37:05 AM

the b75 board is better to some extent. up to 1600 ram frequency, has a second pci-e slot for 16x/4x crossfire(not as good as 8x/8x but the option is there at least) and more sata 6.0 slots generally.
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August 5, 2012 5:40:19 AM

dudewitbow said:
the b75 board is better to some extent. up to 1600 ram frequency, has a second pci-e slot for 16x/4x crossfire(not as good as 8x/8x but the option is there at least) and more sata 6.0 slots generally.


Ok, do you know if this : http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... is compatable with the B75 board? Thanks for your help!
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August 5, 2012 5:47:01 AM

according to the mobo site, no. so i cannot guarantee it will work 100%


essentially, its possible it can work, Asrock hasnt tested it themselves but its uncertain.
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August 5, 2012 5:51:30 AM

dudewitbow said:
according to the mobo site, no. so i cannot guarantee it will work 100%


essentially, its possible it can work, Asrock hasnt tested it themselves but its uncertain.


Okay, is there some ram that definitely works with it? Sorry for all the questions. Do you know if all the other parts will work together?

Had a quick look on the ASRock site, says that it supports dual channel DDR3. Isn't that the ram I've got?
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August 5, 2012 6:15:19 AM

dudewitbow said:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75M/?cat=Memory

use that page for reference. when you pick out ram, copy the model # and ctrl+f it on that page


Thanks for that. I'm having issues selecting a motherboard. These are the three I cannot decide between:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

The only thing I know I would like is USB 3 and possibly a motherboard that can output HDMI. How do I know if I can get USB 3? I know the case supports it, do I need anything else?

Found this ram: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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August 5, 2012 6:31:06 AM

the asrock one is the only one with a hdmi port if you are connecting directly from the mobo instead of the gpu(i dont know why you need hdmi on the mobo if you have a gpu). when you are talking about usb 3.0, the mobos have usb 3.0 back ports. if you want to use usb 3.0 that are on cases, i think the asus one is the only one with USB connector headers.
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August 6, 2012 8:20:26 AM

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